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As the title suggests I just took a look at the horror show that is the cam wear on my BRM. I can't get the damn gasket to sit right and it keeps falling out of place. I THINK its in place now. I used some permatex sealant at the required places and tightened all bolts in order with a torque wrench. However The gasket is mushing out in places. A little bit.. not like bad mushing.. Mushing is not the right word. Its a bit visible around the bots.

I took the car for a very very very hard test drive and pulled in my drive way and poped the hood with the engine still running. I had a small plume of smoke coming out from beneath the right "HUMP".. next to the pump side. UGH. There has got to be a trick to getting that gasket right. How did they do it in the factory when they built the darn thing? I would suck working at the VW factory.

Any tricks to getting that gasket straight and true? I ended up tacking it to the cover with some of that sealant crap. I even lubricated it a little with oil.

As for the smoke: I'll put the torque wrench to the nearest bolt.. just to make sure I got it all the way.

Oh.. and the cams are a horror show. More on that later. With Pics. At least there was no sludge and looked really clean and healthy.
 

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If you overtighten the valve cover bolts the gasket can get squished out a little bit. Off the top of my head I think it's something like 7 ft-lbs. So a little more than hand tight.

Try wiping the oil off and using a dab of gasketmaker to hold it in place as well. I put it in the cover and then put it on the head, not the other way around.
 

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My torque wrench doesn't go that low.. so it 7 lb/ft seems a bit high. I'll back em off a bit. Probably fix the smoking thing too. The gasket its on good though. Thanks for the advice! Very tedious.:bowdown
 
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